Obedience

“We of AA obey spiritual principles, at first because we must, then because we ought to, and ultimately because we love the kind of life such obedience brings. Great suffering and great love are AA’s disciplinarians; we need no others.”
1967AAWS, As Bill Sees It, p. 27

Thought to Consider . . .

The spiritual approach to recovery is not about relinquishing responsibility for our lives to some Cosmic Butler.
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Foundation

“There is a direct linkage among self-examination, meditation, and prayer. Taken separately, these practices can bring much relief and benefit. But when they are logically related and interwoven, the result is an unshakable foundation for life. Now and then we may be granted a glimpse of that ultimate reality which is God’s kingdom. And we will be comforted and assured that our own destiny in that realm will be secure for so long as we try, however falteringly, to find and do the will of our own Creator.”
1952 AAWS
Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 9

Thought to Consider . . .

Prayer is asking a question. Meditation is listening for the answer.

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Change

“How many of us would presume to declare, ‘Well, I’m sober and I’m happy. What more can I want, or do? I’m fine the way I am.’ We know that the price of such self-satisfaction is an inevitable backslide, punctuated at some point by a very rude awakening. We have to grow or else deteriorate. For us, the status quo can only be for today, never for tomorrow. Change we must; we cannot stand still.”
Bill W., Grapevine, February 1961
1967 AAWS, As Bill Sees It, p. 25

Thought to Consider . . .

There are only two things an alcoholic doesn’t like – the way things are, and change.

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C H A N G E = Choosing Honesty Allows New Growth Every day Continue reading “Change”

Sacrifices

“At the beginning we sacrificed alcohol. We had to, or it would have killed us. But we couldn’t get rid of alcohol unless we made other sacrifices. Big-shotism and phony thinking had to go. We had to toss self-justification, self-pity, and anger right out the window. We had to quit the crazy contest for personal prestige and big bank balances. We had to take personal responsibility for our sorry state and quit blaming others for it. Were these sacrifices? Yes, they were. To gain enough humility and self-respect to stay alive at all we had to give up what had really been our dearest possessions – our ambitions and our illegitimate pride.”
Bill W., January 1955
1988 AA Grapevine, The Language of the Heart, p. 210

Thought to Consider . . .

Sobriety is a journey, not a destination

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S O B E R = Son Of a Basket, Everything’s Real Continue reading “Sacrifices”

Gratitude

“Another exercise that I practice is to try for a full inventory of my blessings and then for a right acceptance of the many gifts that are mine – both temporal and spiritual. Here I try to achieve a state of joyful gratitude. When such a brand of gratitude is repeatedly affirmed and pondered, it can finally displace the natural tendency to congratulate myself on whatever progress I may have been enabled to make in some areas of living. I try hard to hold fast to the truth that a full and thankful heart cannot entertain great conceits. When brimming with gratitude, one’s heartbeat must surely result in outgoing love, the finest emotion that we can ever know.”
Bill W., March 1962
1988 AA Grapevine, The Language of the Heart, p. 271

Thought to Consider . . .

I have learned what a heart full of gratitude feels like.

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T H I N K = The Happiness I Never Knew Continue reading “Gratitude”

Anger

“Then the miracle happened – to me! It isn’t always so sudden with everyone, but I ran into a personal crisis which filled me with a raging and righteous anger.  And as I fumed helplessly and planned to get good and drunk and show them, my eye caught a sentence to the book lying open on my bed.  ‘We cannot live with anger.’  The walls crumpled – and the light streamed in.  I wasn’t trapped. I wasn’t helpless.  I was free, and I didn’t have to drink to ‘show them.’  This wasn’t ‘religion’ – this was freedom!  Freedom from anger and fear, freedom to know happiness and love.”
1976 AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 22

Thought to Consider …

Anger is the hot wind that extinguishes the light of reason.

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NUTS Not Using The Steps?

Just For Today!

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